Inis Meain (8-1) made all the running as he went one better than 12 months ago in the Irish Field Alleged Stakes at the Curragh.
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The Denis Hogan-trained seven-year-old was last seen winning a handicap hurdle at Navan in February and transferred that form to the level with a gutsy performance.
Danny Mullins set out to make it a true test on Barry Connell's gelding, who kept pulling out more in the closing stages to hold Tarana, with last year's winner Parish Hall a never nearer third and Alive Alive Oh fourth.
Hogan said: "He was fit from hurdling although the worry was the trip was a bit sharp today. You'd expect him to be a bit better over a longer distance.
"It was a last-minute decision to come here and the original plan was to go for a two-mile-six-furlong handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse.
"He'll still get an entry for that, but it may come a bit quick and he could go instead for a three-mile handicap hurdle at Punchestown."